Chicago Bears: Andy Dalton 2021 fantasy football stat projections

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Chicago Bears, Andy Dalton
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The Chicago Bears were clearly not thrilled with the quarterback play they saw in 2020. Mitch Trubisky earned the starting nod, but then lost it after he struggled versus the Falcons in Week 3. Although it appeared to be the right call at the time by Matt Nagy, I still think Trubisky got the hook a little early. Nick Foles came in and rallied the team to a 30-26 victory over the Falcons. He then was named the starter going forward.

Foles struggled though too — winning only two of the seven games he started (somehow one versus the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs). Mitch Trubisky was then brought back in and performed admirably, although against some weaker defensive opponents. Trubisky led the team to a 3-3 record despite generating more offensive production and scoring.

Nick Foles is still on the roster as the third-string quarterback, but the team overhauled the rest of the quarterback room. Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy went out and signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal worth $10 million dollars. The team also lucked into being able to move up and select Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. One would assume that Dalton (‘QB1’) would start the season and only lose the job should he struggle mightily. That might not be the case though.

Reports are that Matt Nagy is not going to sit Justin Fields just to sit him. Should Fields prove himself early enough, he could end up being the starter come Week 1. Honestly, I am not about to count on that as I believe Andy Dalton will get the first nod. Where does that leave him for the 2021 season though and is he worth owning in fantasy?